Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of the instructor. (Second semester/3 credits) This course is available as an elective for the GIS-ENV Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that this course will count toward the GIS-ENV Certificate by the drop/add deadline each semester, so that GIS-focused assessments can be completed. Once a student declares the GIS option, the course cannot revert to the non-GIS version.
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of natural resource management and the complexities of applying these principles to real-world problems. The focus is on the biological and ecological basis for wildlife and fisheries management. Students will gain experience with quantitative and qualitative techniques used to analyze and manage ecosystems in an integrated fashion that combines biological, economic and political considerations. The impact of global climate change on long-term management plans will also be considered.